How To Make Your Home More Pet Friendly

Pets require time, attention, and as safe and comfortable of a home as we do. Unfortunately, animals are commonly an afterthought for people who are building, buying and remodeling homes. We must start thinking of pets as important beings and attending to their particular needs, rather than viewing them as possessions, or even disposable.

Taking care of an animal is no easy task. They need shelter, water, shade, daylight, good air circulation, non-irritating surfaces, fully fenced areas and spaces to play. There are many simple DIY tips that’ll turn your home into a pet-friendly environment. All it takes is the knowledge and a desire to want to make your living space better for you and your pet

Flooring Options

I’m guessing one of the first questions that pops into your head relates to flooring. You have to weigh many aspects including style, comfort and durability, that it becomes difficult to choose a best fit for you and your pet. See below for the best and worst home flooring options for animals.

Best Flooring Options

  • Hard Surface Floors: Bare doesnt have to be boring. Painted concrete is lovely and durable, as are terrazzo and brick.
  • Bamboo: An excellent choice for homes with pets. Bamboo won’t wear out. It’s hard and stands up to traffic (which means less repairs). It’s also renewable (green) and stain resistant.
  • Stone: This floor is wonderful for pet owners because it doesn’t scratch and will hold up against accidents. Take note that it’s a hard material and can be cold and uncomfortable for pets to sit on.
  • Tile: Specifically ceramic tile is the best flooring for pets because it’s easy to clean and resistant to stains. It’s good for wear and tear and won’t scratch. If your pet has an accident, it won’t damage the condition of the floor. The surface is hard and uncomfortable for pets to lie on, but rugs will help. Tile is toenail-proof, it makes a room look sleek and elegant and gives animals a cool place to nap in the hotter months.
  • New Luxury Vinyl: It’s even better than vinyl because of its added thickness. There’s a lot more give and it’s quite comfortable to walk on.

Most Challenging Flooring Options

  • Hardwood: Although many homeowners prefer hardwood, it can stain and long nails will scratch the floors. Be especially careful of the area near the water bowl and be sure to clean up any spills immediately.
  • Laminate: This material is slippery and can be hard for pets to walk on.
  • Carpet: This is likely the worst flooring choice you can make for your pet. Carpet absorbs odors, traps pet hair and soaks up inevitable pet-related stains like a sponge

Selecting Optimal Furniture

This is another category pet owner’s worry about for many important reasons. Furniture is not only expensive, but it gets seen and used daily. Being selective in the beginning of your furniture hunt (or when you’re replacing it) could save you a lot of stress and money down the road. See a few optimal furniture materials below so you’re left with no rips or regrets.

  • Crypton: This is a nearly indestructible, synthetic fabric thats resistant to stains, smells, bacteria and muddy paws. Sounds amazing!
  • Leather: You may be thinking, what? But it’s a good choice because it’s easy to clean and durable. If you’re really concerned about the material, but like the look of leather, then opt for pleather.
  • Ultrasuede: This is a machine-washable microfiber that feels as smooth and seductive as real suede. It’s resistant to stains and discoloration and can be machine washed and dry-cleaned.

If nothing else, try and match the colors of your furniture to your pets’ fur. The hair they leave behind wont be as visible and it’s less of a mess for you to look at all day

Tips For Brightening Your Home

The topic of brightening up your home can be very fun! It’s a chance to use your imagination, creativity and think outside the box. I don’t know about you, but I like living in a bright and friendly environment. With winters that seem to never fade, I am always trying to soak up as much natural light as I can. Gone are the days of dark and dreary rooms. Neutral tones, color and natural light is definitely the way to go as you brighten your home.

There are so many options when it comes to home design and decorating that it can be overwhelming. I’m going to narrow it down for you and provide some practical upgrade tips that will go a long way. Read on to see what five tips are sure to get you a brand new sunny look and feel in your home

Fancy Up Your Floors

Old carpet from the dark ages got you down? Replace it, tear it out and pick carpet and rugs that make you feel cheerful and happy to be alive. If you like the carpet you currently have, but haven’t given it a good cleaning in a while, simply investing in a deep carpet clean will help brighten the room.

If you had to guess, which rooms do we spend most of our time in and often show off to our friends and family? You guessed it, the kitchen and the bathroom. Put in the time and effort to make these floors sparkle and send the message that you’re proud to have a happy and healthy home.

Light wood in the kitchen is coming back, so don’t be afraid to lighten up the hardwood you are contemplating installing. Even if you do go with dark hardwood, take care of it and make it shine! In addition new flooring, you can always brighten the kitchen and bathroom with furniture and accessories. Check out this article, 5 Kitchen Floor Trends You Must Know, if want to know what’s trending in kitchen floors right now

Funky & Colorful Furniture

There are so many different ways to work with your furniture when it comes to colors, patterns and pieces. Don’t be afraid to add some color in your home, even if it’s just a splash here and there. Update your pillows to something bold, paint your coffee table a fun color as a DIY project or add an accent sitting chair or two.

Want help picking pieces and adding some funk? Hire an interior designer to give you a hand. They are creative and will be able to offer up expert advice so your room doesn’t end up looking like a circus, but both tasteful and trendy

Lighten Up The Darkness

Always wanted a skylight, but weren’t sure if it was worth the effort? Let me tell you, it is, especially if you’re one who appreciates the sunshine and starry sky. You also save energy by not having to turn on the lights all of the time. Click here to see how much it costs to install a skylight and get started today.

Be honest, how long has it been since you replaced or washed your windows? It’s not always a fun or cheap project, but it makes a big difference. As you’re cleaning up your windows, don’t forget to be mindful of the doors and trim that are surrounding the glass. These are small details that can add brightness if attended to properly. If you don’t want to go as far as installing new windows or a skylight, simply clean your windows and add some new lights and candles around the house! Not only will your house be brighter, but it will be cozier. Maybe you not only want to clean up your windows and add new lights, you may decide it’s time to build that sunroom addition you’ve always desired. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors all year-round.

Add A Sunroom

When property owners think of home additions, oftentimes, they think of a sunroom. Homeowners can even take on this project without the help of a professional contractor. See our DIY Tips For How To Build A Sunroom.

There are many benefits of a home addition, like ROI, especially when you’re ready to sell. They cost less than full-scale room additions and they give you just as much square footage. Sunrooms also add natural sunlight to the surrounding rooms. There’s no doubt that the sunroom would get used morning, noon and night and would be well worth your investment.

Glorious Kitchen Styles From Around The World

The kitchen is one of the best rooms in the house! It’s a space that’s fun to design, decorate and remodel. The kitchen is one place where you spend a lot of time and money. It’s no wonder most homeowners want it to not only look beautiful, but also decorate with a personalized touch.

Everyone has their own taste in clothes and it’s no different when it comes to kitchen styles. No matter your cup of tea, it’s entertaining to explore and see how people live around the world. Look no further, the following five kitchen styles are sure to inspire

1. French Country

You may have heard of a French country kitchen design but aren’t quite sure what it exactly means. Well don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. This style encompasses a space that’s warm, comfortable and beautiful. It portrays a traditional and simple way of life.

The key characteristics of a French country kitchen include pale colors and earthy tones that are taken from a rural landscape. They’re typically dressed in crown molding, made of natural materials and more than likely have a large kitchen island. The expert interior designers at HomedIt describe another significant aspect of this style, “Traditionally, the hanging of cookware overhead was a purely functional decision. Today, the strategy of copper pots on display in the French country kitchen gets as much applause for its gorgeous form as for its function

The image above should give you a good idea of what these elements look like when they all come together. This particular French country kitchen has a stone enclosure around the stove and cabinets painted in muted shades of beige and brown. You’ll see the room not only has a large island, but also a secondary plank table that functions as a work station and breakfast bar. This kitchen compliments the natural materials with sunflowers on the table and smaller yellow bouquets in front of the windows

2. Mediterranean

The main inspiration of Mediterranean décor comes from the natural beauty of the Mediterranean landscape and its mild, temperate climate. Rich wood textures and elaborate accents are at the heart of this style. Colors typically include vibrant shades of blue and green, which reflect the hues of the Mediterranean Sea and sky. Bright jewel tones influenced by colorful Moroccan tile and textiles, earthy tones of warm terra-cotta and sand and burnt orange and yellow come together for an artistic and lively space. Spanish roof tiles and stucco walls are also a part of this signature style. Interiors contain an eclectic mix of Spanish, Italian, French and Moroccan style furniture and accessories (Decoist).

The example above is the perfect rendition of a kitchen outfitted in a Mediterranean style. The backsplash is a unique creation of colorful hand-painted tiles that immediately catch the eye. It’d be a rare occurrence to not see some sort of wrought iron pattern and metal chandelier in a kitchen of this specific style. As you can see, the cabinet handles and lighting design above the island include this detail

3. Italian-Tuscan Kitchen Design

An Italian, or Tuscan, kitchen design is a familiar option you may already know a little more about than the others. Textured walls in shades of cream, pale yellow or darker earthy tones of burnt orange and terra-cotta mimic the aged plaster walls of Tuscan farmhouses. Vibrant golds, earthy greens and accents of blue, sunny yellow and bright pops of red reflect the natural colors of the Tuscan countryside. A few other features often embraced are simple window treatments, framed prints, custom murals and wrought-iron candle holders.

Tuscan furniture is described as rustic, with natural wood finishes. As displayed in the kitchen above, Terra-cotta tile or reclaimed wood flooring add a Tuscan feel. This Tuscan Italian kitchen features a gorgeous arched brick ceiling, sage green cabinets and a terra-cotta tile floor. What really pulls this design together are the finishing touches, like the hanging copper pots and vases and the butcher block island countertop.

4. Modern Asian Design

An Asian interior design is one of the world’s most popular choices. The simple lines and soft elegance draw many homeowners to adapt this style. No matter if it’s Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean or Thai, all of the looks are similar. They’re always beautifully done with sleek furniture and features that radiate classic charm and clear simplicity. As for colors and materials, red, black, white, silver, gold and dark brown take center stage, while popular materials range from stainless steel and chrome to bamboo and silk.

The beauty and simplicity I mention above is apparent in this example of a stunning modern Asian kitchen design. Black, white and brown come together for an elegant and tasteful space filled with wood, stainless steel and lots of texture. The little details, such as the plants and rocking horse, are the most important features of this style.

5. Traditional

Last but not least, is the traditional kitchen style that portrays a warm and classic space. Not to be confused with Old World or country, the colors are different in a traditional style kitchen. The foundation of this appearance incorporates soft, muted colors such as creams, taupe and light grays. You can mix and match, bring in elements from the outside and create a homey space with focal points and fabrics.

The kitchen in the image above couldn’t get any homier. They’ve included all of the right touches such as the multi-light windows, charming light fixtures, muted green paint, wood cabinets and tile floors. There are a few special touches that provide a unique twist on the traditional style, like the cabinet hardware, a backsplash and glass-front cabinets.

Conclusion

See, wasn’t that fun? Kitchen styles may change over time, but each style brings its own character and charm to a home. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, or just ready for a change, I hope you consider one of these fabulous kitchen styles from around the world